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#3: Les Otten of Maine Energy Systems

Juggle side viewLes Otten is one of Maine’s most remarkable entrepreneurs. When he bought Sunday River in 1980, there were only 30,000 skier visits per year.  By 1995, he had grown this number to more than 560,000.  Les went on to form American Skiing Company, which owned resorts all over the country, and in 2002, he formed the ownership group that purchased the Boston Red Sox and saved Fenway Park.  Learn how Les answers the phone, pick up on the fact that I don’t know what a milliner is, and see why Les Otten isn’t done growing companies.

 

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#2: John Karp of Pantheon Guitars

JK shopJohn Karp is one of Maine’s most remarkable entrepreneurs.   The CEO of Pantheon Guitars, he may be our State’s best source of new ideas; in fact, he’s even got the license plate INVENT (…I know you’re disappointed someone already has it).

In addition to his duties at Pantheon, John’s also an engineer for the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which means he can help you innovate too.

Listen as we discuss John’s first bike, why more expensive things sell better, and why the CEO shouldn’t be playing a GSO.

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#1: Martin Grimnes of Harbor Technology

MartinGrimnesMartin Grimnes is one of Maine’s most remarkable entrepreneurs.  In 1980, he founded Brunswick Technologies, which went on to be publicly traded.  After the acquisition of the company, he brought his same skill set to a new composites company, Harbor Technologies.

Learn about Martin’s first bike, how to cook a lobster, and how to form an industry consortium to bring in new business you can’t handle on your own.

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